Saudi Arabia lifts the Travel suspension using National ID to GCC countries

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Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) announced the lifting of the ban on Saudi and GCC citizens using their national identity cards to travel to and from the Kingdom.

Jawazat noted that residents can now travel to GCC nations using their national identity card, as long as they meet the country’s other entrance requirements, noting that the family registration card is not a travel document.

Due to a coronavirus outbreak last February, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs had previously prohibited GCC citizens, including Saudi nationals, from using national ID cards to travel to and from the Kingdom.

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During the corona pandemic, a passport was the only acceptable form of identification for travel between GCC nations. Citizens of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were both subject to this restriction.

Except for the exempted groups, the Kingdom also prohibited its nationals from traveling if they had not had three doses of corona virus vaccine or if they had waited more than three months after obtaining the second dosage.

While the authority requires that children under the age of 16 receive at least two doses of corona vaccination, children under the age of 12 must have a coronavirus insurance coverage.

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